Above left: The TMYS text plate:
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT lists 243 WW1 TANK CORPS
(formerly known as the HEAVY BRANCH MACHINE GUN CORPS) soldiers who are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium.
Also included is a single WW2 ROYAL TANK REGIMENT soldier buried nearby.
The "TMYS Garden of Remembrance" contains 244 personalised poppy crosses set in Flanders fields soil and is an integral piece of the memorial.
The "Garden" is placed at the memorial during the annual ceremony and is also displayed at the Langemark-Poelkapelle town hall during Tank Corps, Ypres Salient key commemoration dates.
The TMYS no longer hides in the shadow of the nearby Guynemer Memorial once darkness falls. Both memorials now illuminated, stand side by side in perpetuity.
The British tank D29 DAMON II was knocked out in the vicinity of where the nearby
Café De Zwaan was constructed on conclusion of the war. The café can be seen in the above right image, immediately behind and to the right of both the unique George Guynemer & the tank itself.
On conclusion of the war, the tank was recovered from its muddy grave and moved to where the TMYS stands today and became a village attraction.
In 1941 the Germans smelted the tank for their own war effort.
Above left & right:
British Army Commanders, Royal Tank Regiment Commanders, RTR Regimental Colonel, Officers, NCO's & soldiers amongst others attended the inauguration ceremony.
British Army Assistant Chaplain General Father Francis Barber (RC) 1st UK Armoured Division blessed the new memorial.
Major General Chris Deverell MBE dedicated the TMYS on Saturday 10/10/2009.
Also included as an integral part of the memorial:
1. THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY.
2. The 2012 HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE &
UNIQUE 2012 TMYS ANNUAL CEREMONY COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL.
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY CD contains a unique photograph of every soldier's grave or memorial listing commemorated by the TMYS in Belgium.
Also included are the CWGC burial/memorial, personal military/civil details where known, applicable to each soldier.
Each soldier's grave or memorial received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute & Exhortation with details being registered in the cemetery/memorial visitors book. This being on top of every commemorated soldier having a personalised poppy cross fixed within the memorial's dedicated garden of remembrance.
The TMYS Legacy CD has since been placed into the care of Royal Tank Regiment RHQ and Bovington Tank Museum. Copies are available for donation on behalf of TMYS funds.
In order to commemorate the unique 2012 HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee & the 2012 TMYS annual ceremony, a one off run of commemorative medals were created & purchased by the TMYS founders to celebrate this joint commemoration.
*The medal design is the result of an official nationals schools competition coupled with accompanying ribbon bearing the colours of the TANK CORPS & RTR.
The Honorary President, Vice President, Board of Administrators, the TMYS Standard & the assistant memorial pipers each received the medal with accompanying diploma during the ceremony concluding reception.
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER
RECEIVED FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
On receipt of the above letter signed by Sonia Bonici, Senior Correspondence Secretary to HM the Queen's Private Secretary at Buckingham Palace, key persons involved in the creation and construction of the TMYS then in due course received
Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium commendation.
These were presented on conclusion of a special commemoration reception held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels where Her Excellency, Ambassador
Dr Rachel Aaron offered the following statement to all present:
On behalf of Her Majesty's Government and her people, I thank Chris and his committee for their dedication and for their great achievement on behalf of the tank crews lost in the Ypres Salient.
*The above statement is revealed within the official commendation itself & for that Ambassador Aaron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank you.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment,
Lt General Chris Deverell MBE who dedicated the TMYS during it's inauguration ceremony & Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE, currently Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords & Honorary President to the TMYS and its conjoined Friends of the TMYS organisation.
THE 2014 ANNUAL TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT CEREMONY
& DAY OF COMMEMORATION EVENTS
Saturday June 7th 2014
Pipe Major Eric Remy.
Assistant Piper Pierre Dervaux.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN & IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
LEST WE FORGET!